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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
What the Bullet Sang
By Bret Harte (1836–1902)
 
O JOY of creation,
        To be!
O rapture, to fly
        And be free!
Be the battle lost or won,        5
Though its smoke shall hide the sun,
I shall find my love—the one
        Born for me!
 
I shall know him where he stands
        All alone,        10
With the power in his hands
        Not o’erthrown;
I shall know him by his face,
By his godlike front and grace,
I shall hold him for a space        15
        All my own!
 
It is he—O my love!
        So bold!
It is I—all thy love
        Foretold!        20
It is I—O love, what bliss!
Dost thou answer to my kiss?
O sweetheart! what is this
        Lieth there so cold?
 
 
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